Recently launched Manchester-based DecPlay provides online piano lessons that teach novices to play their first song in just one hour, using its ground-breaking FastPlay method.
Founded by FastPlay inventor and M.D at Bite Digital, Declan Cosgrove, with his Bite colleague Jason Cozens, DecPlay is offering potential musicians a faster, simpler and cheaper way to learn to play the piano.
Using an ingenious combination of techniques, including numbers and patterns to harness our inbuilt cognitive and creative abilities and removing the complexity of traditional notation, DecPlay is an incredibly simple method that enables fledgling pianists to play their first song within minutes.
Players can then choose to develop their playing ability with additional DecPlay skills, learn more songs or progress to alternative styles of playing, such as ‘playing by ear’ or learning to read classical notation.
Declan Cosgrove said: “Playing the keyboard or piano is incredibly rewarding and so much fun – it enables you to create deep connections with others and is highly effective in improving creativity, brain training and self-confidence. Our mission is to empower one million people to experience the joy of playing piano without having to save up for expensive lessons or spend years practicing.
“With The FastPlay system, which has been used to teach thousands of people to play the piano already, all people need is a keyboard and the ability to count to seven, then within a few minutes they’re able to play songs.
“DecPlay is designed for popular music, not for classical or jazz, yet has been used by some classical piano teachers to provide beginners with confidence and a sense of achievement within their first lesson. ”
DecPlay’s commitment to make music accessible to everyone is supported by its ‘Buy a Course, Give a Course’ initiative. Partnering with non-profit organisations, such as Able Disabled in Ireland and Being Children in Goa, the campaign gives someone in need access to music via a free online course for every course purchased.